Clifford Chance LLP

Banking & Finance Department

France
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What the team is known for Highly reputed department with notable expertise in leveraged and acquisition finance mandates. Additionally skilled across a number of other areas including projects, equity bridge financing and debt restructuring. Particularly impressive financial services regulation practice, advising leading banks, insurance companies and financial institutions on contentious banking, fintech and Brexit-related issues. Also represents private equity funds and corporations with activity in a variety of sectors such as infrastructure, energy and IT. Draws substantial strength from the firm's excellent network of offices worldwide.

Strengths Clients extol the firm's high quality of work, highlighting in particular its "very good international network and expertise in finance."

Sources also appreciate the team's consistent approach to matters, praising its "great lawyers with a great track record."

Work highlights Advised HSBC and UniCredit on the financing of the acquisition of minority shares in Echosens by Astorg Partners.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Zerbib regularly represents leading French banks and private equity funds in an array of acquisition finance matters, offering further debt refinancing advice. He is also particularly reputed for his experience in the project finance field. Sources hail his ability to provide "pragmatic solutions."

Frédérick Lacroix remains a leading practitioner in the French banking regulatory field, with clients holding him to be "very dedicated" and "business-oriented." He advises financial services and corporate clients on various commercial, licensing and contentious mandates. He is also well versed in Brexit-related regulatory issues with further expertise in alternative payment methods.

Thierry Arachtingi retains his long-standing reputation, with sources describing him as a "legend" in the French banking and finance market. He is predominantly active in high-profile acquisition and leveraged finance mandates with further prowess in debt refinancing. He also attracts praise from clients, who deem him to be a "great adviser."